Dr. Paul Hsieh - 2021 Honorary Degree Recipient

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Dr. Paul Hsieh 

Recipient of the 2021 Honorary Degree

Dr. Paul Hsieh, alum of the Department of Hydrology & Water Sciences, parent of the merged Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences, is the recipient of the 2021 University of Arizona, College of Science Honorary Degree.  Dr. Paul Hsieh is currently an independent groundwater hydrologist, having retired in 2018 from the U.S. Geological Survey after 41 years of service as a research hydrologist. He received his B.S.E. from Princeton University in Civil Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Hydrology and Water Resources. His research at the USGS spanned diverse topics that included groundwater flow and solute transport in fractured rocks, the development, and application of computer simulation models, the interaction between groundwater and earthquakes, and volcano hydrology. During the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he served on the federal government’s science team on oil spill response. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, and received the Service to America medal in 2011 from the Partnership for Public Service. Currently, he volunteers for The Groundwater Project, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing free educational materials to all who want to learn about groundwater.

Dr. Hsieh Special Seminar

Dr. Hsieh gave a stellar talk on December 18th entitled "The Human Side of Groundwater Science".  His talk was enthusatically attended in person and via zoom by individuals within the university, college and department, as well as colleagues throughout the scientific community.  Dr. Hsieh's talk gave us a look at his career as a groundwater hydrologist and the importance of social interaction in transforming scientific knowledge into benefits for society. In this informal presentation, Dr. Hsieh illustrated this idea by three examples from his personal experience: as a graduate student at the University of Arizona, developing a multi-state groundwater model, and working on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In the world of earth science, knowledge and information always carry uncertainty. The scientist must be willing to engage with non-scientists, including the public at large, so that scientific knowledge is used in a way to make informed decisions. 

Following photos are taken on December 18, 2021, the day of his lecture and shows Dr. Hsieh with his academic mentor Dr. Shlomo Neuman, Regents' Profeesor Emeritus, and a photo of Dr. Hsieh along with some of the lecture attendees.   Click here for recording of Dr. Hsieh's Speical Seminar.

Dr. Paul Hsieh and Dr. Shlomo Neuman
Dr. Paul Hsieh and Dr. Shlomo Neuman
Dr. Hsieh Group Photo with Seminar Attendees
Bottom Row:  Christine Peterson, Paul Hsieh, Shlomo Neuman
Second Row: Steve Ingebritsen, Tim Corley, Larry Winter, Amada Guzman, Peter Quinlan, Jennifer McIntosh
Third Row:  Hoshin Gupta, Thomas Meixner, Tom Phelan